Richard Gerald Sterkenburg was born in Surrey, BC on February 18, 1963 and passed away Monday, January 21, 2008 at Chilliwack, BC, at age 44 years.
Rick is survived by his loving wife Lena of 23 years; children: Phillip (fiance Leanne), Charlene (best friend Larry), Kevin, Arnold, Derek, Jeremy, and Marissa; parents Mr & Mrs. Theo Sterkenburg; father and mother-in-law; brothers: John (Jane) Sterkenburg, Ron (Monique) Sterkenburg; sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Rick was predeceased by his grandparents, uncle Adrian Sterkenburg, and cousin Heidi in the Netherlands.
Rick grew up in Chilliwack, BC. He graduated from Timothy Christian School. He was a landscaper by trade, and also a nursery grower. Rick served on the Timothy Christian School Board for many years, the Trinitarian Bible Society Board, and also was a Board Member of the Jeduthan Male Choir.
A visitation was held for family and friends on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Bethel Church of the Netherlands.
A Funeral Service was held on Thursday, January 24, 2008 at 1:30 pm at the Bethel Church of the Netherlands, Chilliwack, BC and officiating was Rev. Pieter van Ruitenburg.
Pallbearers were John Sterkenburg, Phillip Sterkenburg, Arnold Sterkenburg, Ron Sterkenburg, Kevin Sterkenburg and Derek Sterkenburg.
Memorial Donations may be made to Timothy Christian School, 50420 Castleman Road, Chilliwack, BC, or BC Cancer Foundation.